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Broadway box office stays strong

Weather didn't dampen pre-Christmas receipts

Repeat champ “White Christmas” and a resurgent “Shrek the Musical” paced a resilient week of grosses for Broadway.

Significant Gotham snowfall from Friday through Sunday did not dampen pre-Christmas receipts to any significant degree. Receipts for six of the top 10 shows showed gains compared with the prior week. Extending the list, 14 of the top 20 bettered the previous week’s totals.

The total B.O. for the 32 shows on Broadway, including “Young Frankenstein,” was $20,259,236, roughly flat with last week. Holding steady is a feat given the weather and the usual pre-Christmas lull.

“White Christmas,” in part due to having nine shows compared with the standard eight, tallied $1,588,859, up $99,675, or 7%, from a week ago. Perennial No. 1 “Wicked” settled for second, with $1,499,186, up 5%.

“Shrek,” on which DreamWorks has spent at least $24 million to bring to the stage, raked in $845,605 at the Broadway Theater, up a resounding 56% from last week.

Liza Minnelli’s turn at the Palace again finished out of the top 10 and lost ground even with an extra perf. “Liza’s at the Palace” pulled in $584,637 from five shows, down from $660,699 from four dates last week.

“Young Frankenstein,” winding down its run at the Hilton, collected $559,000.

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